Why Write?

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Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.   

Psalm 115:1

There’s a question we should ask ourselves at the beginning of each creative endeavor: a painting, a musical piece, a book, a meal for our families, a fingerpainting project with the kids.

The question is: “Why?”  Why are we making it, singing it, sewing it, cooking it, writing it?

The Shepherd’s Song dedication page has only three letters:  SDG. But those three letters represent so much to us. The letters stand for the Latin term, Soli Deo Gloria, which means Glory to God Alone. Artists like Bach and Handel wrote these letters on their work to show that the work was created for the purpose of praising God.

In the creation of their compositions they found meaning and purpose by dedicating their work to God for His glory. It changed their work from earthly work to holy work.

To God alone belongs the glory.

We can ask the same question about all of our creative efforts. Are they for God’s glory or for our own glory?   What is the intent of our hearts as we paint and write and cook and care for others?

If we can add those three letters, any work becomes holy work.

What difference does is make if our goal in all our endeavors is God’s glory? What do you think?

Betsy and Laurie

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11 Comments on Why Write?

  1. Missy Frye
    May 22, 2014 at 10:52 am (3 years ago)

    I try to remember to ask God to guide me as I begin writing or any creative project. Thanks for reminding me that I should make the same request for everything I do.

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    • Writing Sisters
      May 22, 2014 at 11:05 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks for your comment, Missy. It is a hard challenge to pray for all of our activities but when I remember to pray first things go better. Good to see you here!

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      • Missy Frye
        May 22, 2014 at 11:15 am (3 years ago)

        I’ve been around. Just quiet. I still get your posts delivered via email.

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  2. Diane Sheiry
    May 23, 2014 at 7:22 am (3 years ago)

    A great reminder of what we could do. I am going to plant impatiens to “Gods Glory” this morning. Giggle….

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  3. Patty B
    May 23, 2014 at 9:15 pm (3 years ago)

    great post – it sure does make a big difference when we make our daily goals to glorify God – in all things, in our writing, at our jobs even in our housework or as Brother Lawerence says, when we wash our dishes!

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  4. bellmk
    May 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm (3 years ago)

    I had an “aha” moment a while back when I realized my writer’s block was largely coming from a feeling of not being read. If no-one’s publishing this, why write it? I also had to take a step back and think, what better time to write than when nobody has published it yet, when there are no expectations, and when I can truly explore the genres and topics I would like to address? Ah, the freedom of authorial homelessness! Anyway, well said!

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  5. Bob Hunter
    May 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks, Betsy and Laurie, for another uplifting post.

    “What difference does is make if our goal in all our endeavors is God’s glory? What do you think?”

    To me it makes all the difference because, as you said about about Bach and Handel, it changes our endeavours from earthly to heavenly ones and thus provides them with meaning and purpose.

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